Thief breaks into car, steals backpack with $40K cash in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Police are investigating after someone broke into a car in Brooklyn and stole a backpack that contained $40,000 cash.

The break-in was reported July 11 at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Joralemon and Hicks streets.

Police said the thief used a four-way cross wrench to break the passenger side window and steal the backpack.

Authorities say the 52-year-old victim and owner of the money owns a construction business and was going to use the money for payroll and payment to vendors.

The real estate developer did not want to be identified, but said the knapsack was not visible.

"The lady who lives directly across from where the car was parked saw it happen, saw him hit the window and yelled out, 'Hey what are you doing!' He turned around to her and said nothing, she went to go call the police and he kept doing it," the victim said.

The victim has no doubt he was targeted and thinks the suspect may be someone associated with one of his construction sites.

"It's just bad luck all around. All these things I wouldn't have ordinarily had in that bag, I happened to have it in there that day," the victim said.

The suspect was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, brown shorts and black sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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